# [Python-3000-checkins] r66807 - python/branches/py3k/Doc/tutorial/floatingpoint.rst

raymond.hettinger python-3000-checkins at python.org
Sun Oct 5 18:46:29 CEST 2008

```Author: raymond.hettinger
Date: Sun Oct  5 18:46:29 2008
New Revision: 66807

Log:
Issue 3288: document as_integer_ratio(), fromhex(), and hex().

Modified:
python/branches/py3k/Doc/tutorial/floatingpoint.rst

Modified: python/branches/py3k/Doc/tutorial/floatingpoint.rst
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--- python/branches/py3k/Doc/tutorial/floatingpoint.rst	(original)
+++ python/branches/py3k/Doc/tutorial/floatingpoint.rst	Sun Oct  5 18:46:29 2008
@@ -138,7 +138,39 @@
If you are a heavy user of floating point operations you should take a look
at the Numerical Python package and many other packages for mathematical and
statistical operations supplied by the SciPy project. See <http://scipy.org>.
-
+
+Python provides tools that may help on those rare occasions when you really
+*do* want to know the exact value of a float.  The
+:meth:`float.as_integer_ratio` method expresses the value of a float as a
+fraction::
+
+   >>> x = 3.14159
+   >>> x.as_integer_ratio()
+   (3537115888337719L, 1125899906842624L)
+
+Since the ratio is exact, it can be used to losslessly recreate the
+original value::
+
+    >>> x == 3537115888337719 / 1125899906842624
+    True
+
+The :meth:`float.hex` method expresses a float in hexadecimal (base
+16), again giving the exact value stored by your computer::
+
+   >>> x.hex()
+   '0x1.921f9f01b866ep+1'
+
+This precise hexadecimal representation can be used to reconstruct
+the float value exactly::
+
+    >>> x == float.fromhex('0x1.921f9f01b866ep+1')
+    True
+
+Since the representation is exact, it is useful for reliably porting values
+across different versions of Python (platform independence) and exchanging
+data with other languages that support the same format (such as Java and C99).
+
+
.. _tut-fp-error:

Representation Error
```